Caring cafe owners collecting Christmas cheer for cancer kids

Cafe staff with donated toys
Cafe staff with donated toys

A pair of caring businesswomen have teamed up with a grieving mum to help made Christmas a little brighter for young cancer patients.

Debbie Haldane and Brenda Haldane, who own the Village Cafe in Bishopbriggs, are currently collecting toys to distribute children over the festive season.

Everything donated will be handed out by Santa to kids at Yorkhill Hospital and the Schiehallion Cancer Ward at the Royal Alexandra Hospital.

They are doing so in memory of a family friend’s son who tragically died of cancer earlier this year.

Gayle Chestnut’s son Kane passed away in July after a fight with the illness.

Before he died family and friends helped him achieve some of his dreams - from travelling to New York to meeting Doctor Who actor David Tennant.

The Village Cafe helped make one of his fantasies a reality, after Debbie and Brenda helped Kane meet the Celtic squad.

The pair also held a number of fundraising events to help pay for other items on ‘Kane’s Wishlist’.

Their latest festive appeal, which was launched earlier this month, has extra poignancy as Gayle is currently fighting her own cancer battle and receiving debilitating treatment.

Brenda said: “Gayle, Claire Young and the Village Cafe are doing this in memory of Gayle’s son Kane.

“He suffered from Li-fraumeni Syndrome, where tumours become wrapped around the body’s main arteries.

“Gayle herself has breast cancer and the same cancer gene as Kane, she is going through chemotherapy at the moment, but somehow is still finding the strength to collect for toys in memory of Kane.”

She added: “The Village Cafe raised around £5,000 with donations and raffles, tombola and auctions of items like football strips and golf outings.

“We would like to thank the late Joe McBride’s family for their donations and also all customers who took part in helping raising this money for Kane.”

If you would like to help out and donate a toy to the appeal, you can just drop it off at the Village Cafe, on Kirkintilloch Road.

All donations must be handed in by Friday, December 13, to meet the deadline for collection.